Restaurant week: 3 more days to go ...

Published: Thursday | November 17, 2011 Comments 0
Ambassador Madge Barrett (left) with Dr Marion Bullock Ducasse celebrating her birthday at Redbones during Restaurant Week on Tuesday. - Contributed
Ambassador Madge Barrett (left) with Dr Marion Bullock Ducasse celebrating her birthday at Redbones during Restaurant Week on Tuesday. - Contributed
Charley's Windsor House's Tony Charley flanked by Audi Lawson (left) and Sheri-Lee Smith, both of Digicel, at a Restaurant Week dinner hosted by the mobile provider at Sugar Mill in Montego Bay on Monday night. - Photo by Janet Silvera
Charley's Windsor House's Tony Charley flanked by Audi Lawson (left) and Sheri-Lee Smith, both of Digicel, at a Restaurant Week dinner hosted by the mobile provider at Sugar Mill in Montego Bay on Monday night. - Photo by Janet Silvera
Winston Dear, The Gleaner's director, celebrated his 71st birthday during Restaurant Week at Marguerite's Seafood by the Sea on Monday, and was given a surprise by relatives with this birthday cake. He is surrounded by his grandchildren (from left) Kenya Dear, Ella Hamilton, Skylar Hamilton, Krystian and Kai Dear. - Photo by Sheena Gayle
Winston Dear, The Gleaner's director, celebrated his 71st birthday during Restaurant Week at Marguerite's Seafood by the Sea on Monday, and was given a surprise by relatives with this birthday cake. He is surrounded by his grandchildren (from left) Kenya Dear, Ella Hamilton, Skylar Hamilton, Krystian and Kai Dear. - Photo by Sheena Gayle
From left: Friends Garfield Williams, Garth Moodie, Nicole Fennell and Kayan Lee-Mckenzie enjoyed the ambience and food during Restaurant Week at Seahorse Grill in Montego Bay on Monday. - Photo by Sheena Gayle
From left: Friends Garfield Williams, Garth Moodie, Nicole Fennell and Kayan Lee-Mckenzie enjoyed the ambience and food during Restaurant Week at Seahorse Grill in Montego Bay on Monday. - Photo by Sheena Gayle
Cheers to Restaurant Week compliments of Carol and Stevo Chin who dined at Robin's Prime Steakhouse on Monday in Montego Bay. - Photo by Sheena Gayle
Cheers to Restaurant Week compliments of Carol and Stevo Chin who dined at Robin's Prime Steakhouse on Monday in Montego Bay. - Photo by Sheena Gayle

As the Gleaner-sponsored Restaurant Week continues to excite the nation, we spoke to some of the participants in the Nyam & Scram category.

Mantra

Owner of Mantra, Laura Marley, noted that since The Gleaner-sponsored Restaurant Week began last week, Friday and Saturday went very well. She said that Sunday was not bad either, but Monday was a little slow. Nonetheless, she reckoned that, overall, it's been going good.

New Leaf Vegetarian

Paul Shoucair said he can safely say there has been an 25 per cent increase in customers coming to the restaurant since The Gleaner-sponsored Restaurant Week began.

Bite Me

"We're doing well so far. Friday was crazy, but today (Monday) has been normal so far," said Trudy Hamilton.

Café Blue

"It's going very well, a lot of people are calling and coming in, so it's good," said Ayako Robinson, operations manager, Café Blue.

Dino's

"It's a notch out of the ordinary, but we'll see how the rest of the week goes," said Dane Kow, owner and chef, Dino's.

Chez Maria

It has been going good. Monday was the best day since it started and, hopefully, it gets better.

JoJo's Jerk Pit and More

The first experience we had on Friday was excellent! We assume that because it's Nyam & Scram, it's the lunch crowd, so we didn't really have any impact on Saturday. But we're waiting to see what this week will bring. We need some 'reminders' to the customers that we're here. Last week, we received many calls. This week, so far, not so much. But Monday is usually a slow day for restaurants. People usually start spending more towards the middle of the week.

Sweetwood Jerk Joint

It was very good on the weekend. Friday, Saturday and Sunday were all great. So we're just waiting to see now how the week unfolds. The customers have been enjoying our offerings and because it's half price. Jamaicans love to save money. They wouldn't mind if you gave them for free! But seriously, it's been going very well.

Chilitos Jamexican Restaurant

It's been a lot better than expected. There have been a lot more customers than normal. The sponsors have also been helping out. We thought there might be a bit of a downturn (moving from 'regular' restaurant to Nyam & Scram') because some people go for the night-time scene where you're waited on, and so on. But a lot more people are working on a tighter budget. Plus, they're at work in the days, so they want to do lunch in a different way. So they come in, come out, and it's not as expensive. And they can still come back in the evening. So it's been really financially viable for us so far. Nyam & Scram has been a good addition to Restaurant Week.



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